Astrolore’s Weekly Astrology Weather: July 6, 2015 through July 12, 2015

Flowers by Yvonne Nelson

Flowers by Yvonne Nelson

Last week our values were challenged; although, we were given the opportunity to expand our understanding of those values and our willingness and ability to express love.
Now, we are all able to marry whom we love, regardless of gender. This is a huge shift and a clear reflection of the lovely Trine between Uranus and Jupiter. With Venus activating that trine last week, love really did win (#lovewins) as we expanded our understanding and value of the depth and meaning of love.
This week brings our attention back to the realm of powerful, sudden, and unusual change; excitement, stress, and upheaval may all play a role in the developing story of our lives.
On Monday, the Sun opposes Pluto, and the following Sunday, the Sun squares Uranus. The week is sandwiched between these two powerful aspects of deep struggle and the insistence on change.
Over the past several years (between 2012 and 2015), we have individually and as a collective, made tremendous transformative progress. This week we continue to work with our developing understanding of the newest version of our transformed values, beliefs, and our way of living in the world.
Since 2012, Uranus and Pluto have connected in a dance of powerful transformation. We are still moving through this time as we learn to see the social structures that hold power over our lives. We learn to speak truth to power, even in the face of our own fear. We see the power structures and understand that we must hold steady as we work with the consequences of our clarity and honesty.
I must admit a bit of concern, not necessarily for our personal dramas, but for the overall social structures and the larger world this week. Keep your eyes on the world stage.
On Wednesday, Mercury follows Mars into Cancer (where it will remain until July 23rd) bringing our mind into a bit of a moody place. Don’t get lost in melancholy or nostalgia. Attach the mind to kindness and compassion.
Monday, July 6, 2015:
The week begins with the Moon in Pisces. This does not make it easy to start the week. Perhaps, if we could only stay home we would avoid the intensity that we feel right at our fingertips.
At 11:38 AM EDT, the Sun opposes Pluto. It is important to look deeply into issues of power and empowerment. Consider how and where power dynamics play out in the world and in your personal life. This is an aspect that will bleed through the entire week. We are called to look into dark places we may prefer to avoid.
However, it is important to remember that avoiding fear and power does not make them go away. Bringing light to this power is what we must do. On January 3rd of this year, we began the cycle between the Sun and Pluto, which is now releasing its creative energy. What began at the beginning of January in your life? Can you see the full result now?
Get clear about any power dynamics in your life. If you see the abuse of power, it is important that you do what you can to shine a light on that issue.
Look clearly at the dynamics of power in politics, government, or finances. This is bound to be an interesting week with the Sun opposing Pluto on Monday and the Sun squaring Uranus on Sunday.
The image in my mind is the warmth of the Sun shining on issues of power and destruction as we begin the week. As we end the week, I see the Sun shining light and warmth on areas of revolution and excitement that can disrupt even the largest power structures
Tuesday, July 7, 2015:
Tuesday’s Aries Moon adds a very assertive edge to the intensity we are feeling toward those who have power over the lives of others. We don’t have to look too far to see power being abused by governments, religious institutions, corporations, and even within our families.
If we take a moment of deep honesty, we may see the reflection of this abuse of power within ourselves. Don’t try to hide from this. It is possible to look clearly and begin working to dismantle this internal abuse of power. Until we see it within ourselves, we will continue to feel powerless when we encounter it outside of ourselves.
At 10:35 AM EDT, the Moon goes VOC*until she enters Aries at 12:38 PM EDT. Tuesday afternoon we can shake off the cloud of Piscean dust and head into the afternoon and evening with more energy and enough assertiveness to pull us forward.
Be clear about what you want on Tuesday evening. Make a declaration and ask for it. Allow yourself to get what you want.
Mountaintop Church at Trapp Family Lodge by Laura Decell

Mountaintop Church at Trapp Family Lodge by Laura Decell

One word of warning, however, please understand that this is the common environment we are all in. Therefore, be aware that those around you are feeling this stress and may also need to push against limits. Give those around you enough slack to move through their own process at the pace that is required for them.
Tuesday is an excellent evening to spend time alone working on your own individual projects and process.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015:
On Wednesday, the Moon is in Aries, and we feel powerful and we do not want to take ‘no’ for an answer.
At 2:51 PM EDT, Mercury enters Cancer, following Mars who arrived in Cancer last week. Although we are not willing to take ‘no’ for an answer, it may be a struggle to be direct in our communication. Carefully watch any tendency you may have to blame others or to deal with your disappointments in a passive aggressive manner.
With Mars in Cancer, is not easy to say what needs to be said or do what needs to be done directly, we tend to approach everything from a side angle rather than head-on!
Astrology helps us to see ourselves so clearly that we lose the ability to blame others. This is one of the great gifts of astrology. In order to learn this language, it is necessary to understand yourself in a very deep manner.
At 4:24 PM EDT, the Moon squares the Sun bringing us to the Third Quarter Square of the Lunar Cycle. The Moon in Aries squares the Sun in Cancer and we struggle with a feeling of being pushed and pulled between a space of kindness or melancholy into a space of selfishness or aggression.
However, at 6:42 PM EDT, Mars trine Neptune. This has the potential of softening the struggle between the Sun and the Moon. Actions that are taken may seem harmless and even beautiful. We want to take action from a place of imagination, compassion, and love.
Plan for an easy evening at home with great music or a movie that takes you well outside yourself. If you have Netflix watch With One Voice. Powerful!
Thursday, July 9, 2015:
As the Moon passes through Aries Thursday morning, she activates Venus and Jupiter in Leo. Anticipate excitement, restlessness, or anxiety.
At 9:47 AM EDT, the Moon goes VOC* until she enters Taurus at 3:49 PM EDT. Perhaps this is the afternoon (after 3:49PM EDT) to buy that new car! Now that I’m out in the deep woods of Vermont on a dirt road, I’m going to need a 4-wheel drive vehicle before next Winter comes (and it comes early here)! I also must get rid of my leased car as I’m putting way too many miles on it! J Yes, this must get managed soon and this looks like the day!
Thursday evening we can expect to be relatively laid-back and quiet. Make sure you build that into your schedule. Spend time alone or with family/loved ones. No need for conversation, you are better off sharing food, beauty, or touch. Plan for cooking, massage, or gardening.
Friday, July 10, 2015:
Pay attention and consider the fact that Venus is beginning to slow down, preparing to turn retrograde on July 25th. Consider how you think about your personal resources, money, and love. All of this will be coming under the microscope as your values are scrutinized and renegotiated over the coming months (Venus will be retrograde into September)
Friday and Saturday of this week would be a great time to do the things you may want to avoid doing during that Venus retrograde.
The Moon is in Taurus all day on Friday and most of Saturday. If possible, take Friday off and give yourself a long weekend. We could all use this weekend most productively for home projects, building projects, walks in the woods, and/or gardening.
If you plan for an exciting Friday evening, you may be disappointed. You will do better to spend the evening with your most grounded, stable friends. Then head to sleep early, as Saturday you will need your energy for accomplishing projects and building stability. Take advantage of this!
Esperito or Glass Winged Butterfly by Britt Nielsen of www.LiveYourTrueNature.com

Esperito or Glass Winged Butterfly by Britt Nielsen of www.LiveYourTrueNature.com

Saturday, July 11, 2015:
Think ahead and plan this Saturday as a workday! With the Moon in Taurus forming challenging aspects to several planets, we are pushed forward. Even as we seek pleasure and rest, we understand that we must work with true diligence.
Do you have house projects that need your attention? Put your nose to the grindstone, work hard, and get as much accomplished as you can before 5:53 PM EDT.
Rest then and be ready to go out at 8:17 PM EDT, to spend time with old friends and new. Yes, at 8:17 PM EDT the Moon enters Gemini and we are ready for conversations, engagement, and sharing idea and fun.
Has the intensity of the early part of the week let-up? Has the intensity of Sunday kicked in?
Does it feel like excitement, or a bit more like panic? As long as you’re not fighting against the big changes in your life; as long as you are embracing and moving toward the change, this will be an exciting and fun weekend. Plan for it!
Sunday July 12, 2015:
The Moon is in Gemini on Sunday setting up a day of curiosity and conversation. Remember that on Monday the Sun opposed Pluto, now, nearly a week later the Sun squares Uranus.
This is a time to bring your most unusual individual perspective to whatever intensity or darkness was exposed on Monday. Seek a way of viewing the world that will enable you to break the chains that hold you within the power structure that confine you.
Consider early April 2015; at that time the cycle of expanded individuality began. What action must be taken now to move that cycle forward?
Your individuality over the coming months is at stake. Whatever action you take, make sure it is in support of your unique vision of yourself and the life you want to create. Do not allow yourself to be held in a box that is far too small for all of who you are.
Take the path that will lead to creativity and expansion. This is not the time for caution.
This week: The VOC* Moon!
VOC* (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment. These times are ideally suited for rest and contemplation.
Block off these times in your schedule and avoid making significant decisions or working on important projects during these times. During VOC* Moon, focus on routine tasks. You will be surprised at how this one change will smooth the edges of your life!
Do you have questions about what is appropriate to do or not do during the VOC* moon? A simple way to think about it is to ask a simple question: Do I hope that this activity will amount to something? If the activity does not need to amount to anything, go ahead with it!
If you have an expectation or desire that this action is going to amount to something, do not do it while the Moon is VOC*. Think about the time you bought a book you were certain you were going to love and you never could finish it! Think about the time you bought the perfect article of clothing that you ended up never wearing. That is the Moon VOC*!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Pisces) following a trine to Saturn at 10:35 AM EDT until she enters Aries at 12:38 PM EDT
Thursday, July 9, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Aries) following a trine to Venus at 9:47 AM EDT until she enters Taurus at 3:49 PM EDT.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 the Moon is VOC* (in Taurus) following an opposition to Saturn at 5:53 PM EDT until she enters Gemini at 8:17 PM EDT.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.